Sometimes referred to as the Kurdish Kangal, Kurdish Shepherd Dog, this is a very old livestock guardian breed of the Kurds, used to drive and protect their Karakul sheep from wolves, bears and thieves. The history of its ancestors dates back to the 3rd millennia according to Assyrians and Babylonian clay tablets found in what is today's Kurdistan. It is also employed to hunt badgers and other game, as well as to guard the Kurdish settlements. The exact origin of the dog is shrouded in antiquity and fable but some believe that it descended from the Molossers of Central Asia. The Kurdish Shepherd Dog is believed to be a result of the natural breeding of ancient Turkish Kangal type dogs with other molossoid dogs that accompanied caravans and nomads of the time. .

It is similar in appearance to the Turkish Kangal Dog, with which it's often confused, but this Kurdish breed is lighter and leaner. It should be noted that the Kurds are not the only ones who keep these dogs, many Turkish families own working Marmar Sheepdogs too, although they rarely acknowledge their Kurdish ancestry, due to the long history of conflict between the two nations. The Kurdish Gammal is also one of the progenitors of the modern Anatolian Shepherd Dog, a breed disregarded by many authorities as an unpure Western creation.

Although the Kurdish Shepherd Dog is relatively unknown and unrecognized, the breed exists in sufficient numbers and is held in high regard by Kurds everywhere. Unlike its closest cousin, the Kangal, this rugged working Molosser isn't as standardized and it comes in a variety of coat types and colors, from short-haired dogs to those with a full rich coat and even some bearded specimens can be rarely seen. Tall, deep-chested and muscular, the Kurdish Dog is a resilient and athletic Molosser.

The Pashdar Dog is a very powerful and self-aware molosser with a marked sense of purpose and highly developed protective instinct and to harness this raw natural power this breed requires proper training and boundaries. Often used as  guardian and herding dog, this powerful dog will protect its property and owners by attacking any perceived threat.  This breed should not be let loose in crowded environments. He is loyal and obedient to his owner and has a good relationship with children and family members.

The head is round, has soft loose skin and some wrinkles big dewlap, a slightly elongated muzzle and strong jaws. The nose can be black, white, brown and red. The ears are usually cropped, but this practice is loosing favor and the majority of dogs found today are unaltered. The tail can be either docked or left in its natural state and is usually raised to the top of the waist.

The most common coloring have traditionally been white, fawn, brown, blue and black, but today the majority of the dogs are bicolored. Average height is around 30 inches, although smaller examples exist.

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  •  kurdmastiff: 
    Hi.thanks for editing name.
    excuse me , do you received my email ? for the images kurdish dogs photos
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  •  kurdmastiff: 
    Hello. true name of this breed is (Pshdar Dog) Not Pashdar Dog.
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  •  admin: 
    I have sent you a private message.
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  •  kurdmastiff: 
    Thanks for You
    I Uploaded Article About Original Kurdish Dog Related.
    Please Delete this old article about kurdish dog,because is not true.
    (never and never kurdish dogs not similar to kangals.
    never and never kurdish dog is not crossed breed from kangal and other breeds.
    Whereas They Have 5000 years History in asia region.
    But Kangals have 200 year history.
    This article images are not about kurdish dog)
    Excuse me admin, because you are proffesional.
    Thank you so much
     01.08.20181 replies1 replies 
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  •  bushlover: 

    I read the poster's article about the Kurdish Dog Pshdar that claims that the profile on here is no good and that he/she has the best information about these dogs. It seems the MD profile was written in 2003 based on information known 15 years ago by the author. I have looked around the internet and in several dog books and so far this is the most complete information available.

    What I know is that the site owner and admins don't just make changes to the articles without proper research and validation so when and if the time comes they may change their info. I think if you have some good literature to support your claims about the breed you should send it to them. 

     25.06.20181 replies1 replies 
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